A very interesting interview took place a couple of days ago between IOM frontline workers and Anastasia at the Transit Center in Michalovce.
Even though she constantly shudders from the noise of cars, because they remind her drone attacks she survived, she remains calm. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2023
Anastasia, a 19-year-old student from Kyiv, came to talk to IOM frontline workers in order to get travel information, about the social and legal system in Slovakia. She is a second- year student at the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University in the philological department and she is fluent in English, Polish and Turkish.
The war has completely changed her life and the life of her family. Anastasia was thinking about leaving Ukraine for some time but what made her definitely leave Ukraine was a series of terrible drone attacks she luckily survived.
As soon as possible, she remotely found an apartment in the city of Kosice for rent that will be financially supported by the state program for students. Now she is going to continue to study at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University remotely because she wants to get her degree. She is determined to learn Slovak and at the same time, she wants to look for a job in Slovakia to help her parents, who stayed with her older brother in Ukraine in difficult conditions.
Even though she constantly shudders from the noise of cars, because they remind her drone attacks she survived, she remains calm during this life change.
“I believe that everything will be fine and even better here, my new life without a fear of a drone attack is about to start,” she concluded when sharing her life story with IOM frontline workers.
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